The first inquiries about the 2015 Michel Gros lineup started coming in more than a year ago. Our best-known producer; the vintage of a generation; “just want to make sure I don’t miss it.” Back in April, our barrel tastings confirmed 2015’s considerable hype — magnificent wines by a legendary producer from what may be the best vintage in decades.
And now — after months of waiting, trucking delays, and anticipation so intense we could almost taste the Pinot Noir — they are in our warehouse at last. We won’t have time to introduce the whole lineup today, but it’s linked here on our website: 2015 Michel Gros Red Burgundies.
Over the weekend we opened the 2015 Gros Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Michel’s simplest 2015 in stock. And it’s a perfect place to start with this very special vintage.
Great winemakers make excellent wines from even their humbler parcels. Gros is famous for his very fine red Burgundies, and we can’t recommend them enough. But for more regular enjoyment, Gros’s simpler wines show the refinement and class of much fancier bottles.
The Gros Hautes Côtes de Nuits comes from the hills to the west of Michel’s famous plots in the Côte de Nuits. In a regular vintage this wine punches above its weight, with a complexity and refinement you’d expect from a $50 red Burgundy. In 2015, it’s not to be missed.
The nose is is ripe, toasty, and elegant. Look for notes of violets and earth, and a surprisingly polished and long mouthfeel. We found plum, raspberry, cloves, and spice. We expect Michel’s the rest of 2015s to drink well for decades to come. But this one is a treat already. For a Burgundy lover, this is about as good a wine as $35 will ever buy.
Gros Hautes Côtes de Nuits 2015
Ansonia Retail: $40
6+ bottle price : $35/bot
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